Paradise Afire, Volume 1

The Sri Lankan War, 1971-1987

Adrien Fontanellaz, Tom Cooper

Relying on extensive studies of the Sri Lankan War with the help of first-hand sources, official documentation and publications from all of involved parties, this volume provides an in-depth and particularly detailed account of military operations during the first 16 years of this war.
Publication date:
March 2018
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Language:
English
Series :
Asia@War
Illustration :
110 photos, 10 maps, 12 colour profiles
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Paperback
ISBN : 9781912390342

Dimensions : 297 X 210 mm
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Overview
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• The first English-language, blow-by-blow reconstruction of the conflict that ripped apart the Sri Lankan society
• The first non-partisan reconstruction of the fierce mutual conflict between different Tamil insurgent groups and their wars against the Sri Lankan armed forces
• Based on a host of original documentation meanwhile released by all of involved parties, as well as extensive interviews with participants

When released into independence from Great Britain, in 1948, the stunningly beautiful island of Ceylon, re-named Sri Lanka in 1972, was expected to become a sort of ‘South Asian Singapore'. However, stable political order and bright economic prospects proved insufficient to maintain peace. A host of unsolved ethnic conflicts and social inequalities conspired to erupt into an armed conflict, in 1971.

When this broke out the entire Sri Lankan society was shocked to its core by a large-scale insurgency instigated by a Sinhalese Maoist group, JVP. Worst still, this was followed by the gradual build-up of several other Tamil groups in the north of the island.

Following riots known as ‘Black July', in 1983, Sri Lanka was ripped apart by a murderous war against Tamil insurgents, which caught the armed forces wrong-footed because of the government's reluctance to build-up its military to necessary levels. This came to a temporary stop in 1987, with the implementation of a peace arrangement virtually enforced by the government of India and a deployment of a large peacekeeping force of the Indian military. By the time, the notorious LTTE emerged as the most powerful Tamil insurgent movement, and the principal opponent of the Sri Lankan armed forces.

Eventually, the Indian military intervention proved to be only a temporary solution. The LTTE turned against the Indian military but suffered heavily in return. However, this provided some breathing space for the Sri Lankan military, which then launched a vicious and protracted counterinsurgency campaign against the JVP. The fighting thus went on.

Relying on extensive studies of the Sri Lankan War with the help of first-hand sources, official documentation and publications from all of involved parties, this volume provides an in-depth and particularly detailed account of military operations during the first 16 years of this war.

REVIEWS

The texxt is excellent in describing a wide range of tactical incidents. You get a real feel for the gradual loss of control by the Government forces.
Miniature Wargames - Chris Jarvis

This book should provide readers with an understanding of the military operations in the first 16 years of this war...Highly Recommended.
Britmodeller.com

The book is a good professional analysis...yields a fair and impartial account of the events of the period.
Army Rumour Service